Gavin Palmer wrote he doesn’t think we need a Pattullo Bridge and asked us to take note of how different life is with it closed on the weekend. I live a half block from 20th Street and I’m used to seeing traffic backed up into Burnaby often during the afternoon rush. I’m not used to the traffic jam all day all weekend. I’m sure life was different in a good way in Mr. Palmer’s neighbourhood but it was different in a bad way in mine.
Mr. Palmer wants to move all truck traffic to the perimeter of our city as opposed to through it. This seems like a bit of a NIMBY attitude to me. I don’t doubt he uses goods delivered to New Westminster that travelled through surrounding cities. It hardly seems fair to expect Burnaby and Surrey to be happy with a freeway bisecting their cities and demand traffic stay out of ours.
Our real problem is we don’t have any freeways that can take cars from one side of the city and spit them out the other. The ideal solution would be to have a freeway to take the cars from the Pattullo and dump them onto the Highway No. 1 freeway. This might only be possible with a tunnel.